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Chamaecyparis thyoides 'Rubicon' = C. thyoides 'Red Star'

Description

Chamaecyparis thyoides 'Rubicon' otherwise known by its trade name as 'Red Star' is a cultivar of C. thyoides (White Cypress). It is known to be a temperamental outside of its native zone and can be prone to having short life problems. However, in places where it is native, the wetlands and bogs of the eastern North America, it should thrive. This cultivar was first discovered in Winchester Tennessee where it was discovered by Humphrey J. Welch at the Tennessee Valley Nursery in the 1960's.

It is seen as very desirable because of its upright dwarfing habit, only growing a little more than a meter in height and a foot or so in width. It has grey green evergreen foliage during the warm season which turns a deep reddish purple in the cold season. It takes around 10 years to fully mature with around 3-4 inches of growth per year. It can be a good Winter interest plant for the garden and produces cone clusters.

This species prefers growing in full sun, in peat-sandy soils with medium to wet soils. It does not have many disease problems but has some susceptibility to juniper blight, root rot, and bagworms.

Cultivars:
Tags:
#native#evergreen#full sun#native plants#dwarf#needled evergreen#part shade#cypress#cedar#white cedar
Cultivars:
Tags:
#native#evergreen#full sun#native plants#dwarf#needled evergreen#part shade#cypress#cedar#white cedar
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Chamaecyparis
    Species:
    thyoides
    Dimensions:
    Height: 3 ft. 0 in. - 5 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Needled Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Ascending
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Loam (Silt)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Occasionally Wet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Needled Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Blue
    Green
    Purple/Lavender
    Hairs Present:
    No
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Problems:
    Short-lived